Ableton Live Tutorial

Creative Racks & Sampling in Live

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    Let’s discuss sampling and how you can use it to create your own unique sound.

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    Recording Audio

    How to record audio into Ableton Live.

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    Using MIDI to Sample Better

    The sampling process can often be streamlined using MIDI to send notes to our hardware.

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    Getting Creative

    Let’s explore outside of the box thinking when it comes to sampling.

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    Ableton’s resampling function is a useful tool that allows us to capture all audio currently playing.

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    Processing Samples

    Now that we have some samples recorded let’s clean them up and add effects.

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    When to Use Simpler

    Simpler is a powerful sampling instrument that can make use of Live’s Warping Engine.

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    Using Simpler

    Let’s dive into the ins and outs of using Simpler.

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    Tuning Samples in Simpler

    When creating melodic instruments, it is important to make sure your samples are properly tuned.

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    When to Use Sampler

    Sampler is Live’s deepest sampling instrument with the ability to use multiple samples.

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    Working with Multiple Samples

    In this video I demonstrate how to incorporate more than one sample in our Sampler instrument.

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    Tuning Samples in Sampler

    How to properly tune our samples in Live’s flagship sampler.

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    Key Zones

    Sampler allows different samples to be played on different ranges of keys on your keyboard.

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    Velocity Zones

    Different samples can be triggered depending on the velocity of incoming notes.

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    Sample Chain Selector

    One of the strengths of Sampler is that we can set up different chains of samples that each playback different samples.

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    Modulation in Sampler

    Sampler has powerful modulation capabilities that can be used to drastically alter the sound of our instrument.

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    When to Use Drum Racks

    Drum Racks can be a powerful sampling tool that excels in certain situations.

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    Dropping Samples Presets

    We can adjust the way Drum Racks deal with samples when they are dropped onto a Drum Rack Cell.

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    Getting Creative with Drum Racks

    Learn to use Drum Racks for sounds that are not just drums.

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    Layering Samples

    More than one sample and up to 128 samples can be dropped on each Cell of a Drum Rack.

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    Routing in Drum Racks

    One of the strengths of Drum Racks are its deep and flexible routing system.

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    Adding Audio & MIDI Effects

    Let’s examine our options for creating Audio and MIDI FX.

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    Audio Effect Racks

    We explore the capabilities of Audio Effect Racks.

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    MIDI Effect Racks

    In this video we cover our options with MIDI Effect Racks.

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    Instrument Racks

    The capabilities of Instrument Racks are described.

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    Layering Synths with Chains

    Instrument Racks allow us to stack up to 128 different instruments together.

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    Creating a Drum Selector

    Let’s explore how we can create a Macro Knob to cycle through up to 128 drum samples on a single Drum Rack Cell.

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    Creating a Synth Selector

    This video demonstrates how we can use a Macro Knob to choose between up to 128 different instruments.

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    Experimenting with Sampler

    Sampler can be used in some very experimental ways to create sounds entirely different from our original samples.

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    Simpler’s Slicing Mode

    This video explores exciting ways we can use Simpler’s Slicing Mode to create evolving sounds and textures.

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    Saving & Organizing Presets

    ow that we have created our own instruments, let’s cover the ways to organize them.

Product Overview

In this video tutorial series, Ableton Live sage Brian Funk, akaAfroDJMac, shares his secrets for building truly unique sampler instruments and racks. You’ll see not just how to sample, but how each component in a rack builds upon on the others to create way cool instruments and sounds.

AfroDJMac starts with an explanation of sampling and how to record audio in Ableton Live, and then demonstrates how you can streamline the sampling process by sending MIDI notes to your hardware to trigger them automatically. That leads to a discussion on how to think outside of the box when sampling.

Next, AfroDJMac dives into Live’s resampling function, and how you can use it to capture audio during playback. Once the samples are recorded, the next step is to process those samples by cleaning them up and adding effects. AfroDJMac also describes when you might want to use Simpler, the more basic sampler in Ableton Live.

Moving on, you’ll explore when to use Sampler, Ableton Live’s deep and powerful sampler, and how to work with multiple samples within it. Sampler Tuning, Key Zones, Velocity Zones, the Sample Chain selector, and modulation are then all explained and explored, showing you how to make samples that are unique and stand out.

AfroDJMac now turns to the Drum Rack, revealing how it can be used for non-drum sounds, and how to layer non-drum samples in the Cells of a Drum Rack. Routing in Drum Racks is also demonstrated for even more creative control and options.

Then it’s time to delve into the other kinds of Racks in Ableton Live, such as Audio Effects Racks, MIDI Effects Racks, and Instrument Racks, and how each enables further sound design and exploration.

AfroDJMac now talks about the experimental options available, such as how you can stack up to 128 different instruments together, and create Macro knobs to cycle through drum cells or choose between instruments.

Crazy sound design options with Sampler and Simpler’s Slicing mode wrap it up, followed by how to organize your presets for easy management.

If you’re new to Ableton Live and sampling, or an experienced user who wants to get more deep into sound creation, don’t miss “Creative Racks and Sampling in Live”!

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Creative Racks & Sampling in Live is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 20 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear & well structured Well chunked content
Date published: 2020-12-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial! Good for producers looking to take their sound design to the next level. I really enjoyed this course. I have a new outlook on sound design.
Date published: 2020-08-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Info packed & inspiring! This is a fantastic course. A deep review of the features of Simpler/Sampler, Drum Racks, Instrument Racks, Audio/MIDI effects, and more. Inspiring and very informative. Easy to follow along. Brian Funk has a nice voice and informative manner. Thank you!
Date published: 2020-05-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from dead on Killer content as usual from Brian Funk. Ive been referencing this course a ton
Date published: 2020-02-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiring! Creative lessons that inspire you to develop your own unique sound and voice in music
Date published: 2019-12-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from excellent easily one of the best tutorials i've ever seen.
Date published: 2019-01-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is the go-to tutorial to learn sampling in Ableton Live I've watched several other Ableton tutorial sets but this one (Brian Funk/AfroDJMac) is the easiest to follow, he's straightforward, thorough and has good examples. Great breakdown by topics, too. I'd never really got the Sampler vs Simpler difference but he nails it.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from one of the best lessons on Live Covers a huge range of ideas and techniques in a simple and logical order for Live .excellent !
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorials Very good videos and straight to the point!
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great one greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpfull The best way to learn use ableton and simpler simply. The course is very clear and satifying. I reccomended
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoyed the way the presenter delivered this course and shared his passion for sampling and being creative. I learnt loads from this and will watch it again and again. Thanks!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Precious I think this is one of my favourite Ableton Live course. It's well explained, and it's packed with advanced info, tips and tricks. Really reccommended!!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GROOVE 3 you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! This course came under my attention because I once purchased a sample pack by Brian. I just needed some indepth training material to get further with Ableton and thought let's give it a try. I am very happy I did so the course learned me a lot, just what I was looking for. Brian is a great teacher, everything is explained in a clear built up manner. Thanks and I am looking forward to other course by you.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Bang for the buck This is the best consolidation of Ableton core skills I've ever seen. I've seen or read about a chuck of this content, but never gathered together and presented so well. I now have years of methods to experiment within Ableton now!!!
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Instructional Course I must say that in addition to an online course in Ableton that I am taking, and the Ableton Live Manual and another book on Ableton, this one tool helps me to understand so much more about Ableton and the creative possibilities that exist and I want to thank the creator of this video series for his ability to communicate in a clear and concise way.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Superb Tutorials on racks and sampling AfroDJMac is one of the greatest guys in the industry and Ableton user, I must thank Groove3 to add this great video series of tutorials, all the ideas and how they are explained are great and useful. Would love to have some additional material like empty Live projects or some of those racks as additional content to download but I think with time and watching the videos I can recreate them. Please ask him to make more videos like these for all of us Groove3 Ableton users, the ideas are super useful.
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Was about to give up on Ableton till I watched these videos! Coming from the Pro Tools camp(using pt since 2003), I thought it was time to check out another DAW. I felt Ableton Live was the right choice mainly since it's more of a tool for songwriting then other DAWS. Since Pro Tools was very easy for me to learn, I naturally assumed Live would be just as easy. Boy was I mistaken. Live is a completely different animal. I messed around with it for a few days and felt I was going nowhere. I seriously felt like I wasted 3 days of my life- days I'll never get back tinckin I was just about to hang the hat up when I saw a post from someone who was struggling with the learning curve with Ableton Live and the following comment had a link to Groove3 and he/she mentioned how the videos really helped them. So I clicked on the link and the rest is history. That said, I must say that Brian Funk's video's are top notch. He's a fantastic teacher. A great communicator and overall has a great vibe. Out of all the videos on Ableton Live, I've learned more from Brian's videos. He covers all the fundamentals. However, don't take my word for it, check em out and see for yourself! Nice job Brian. Thank you for not letting me end in defeat!
Date published: 1969-12-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from WATCH THIS SET I use to review videos all the time before I found out groove 3 goes through and cherry picks the reviews it wants to show ; THAT'S WHEN I STOPPED. put the reviews on a review page by author or something would be the right way of doing the reviews (use something easy 4 you that includes all reviews for those who take the time to fill out your reviews, they are there to help you and your costumers,not the one filling them out )
Date published: 1969-12-31
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